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Next month, the Winnipeg River is scheduled to crest

Next month is projected to be the crest of the Winnipeg River.

Key Takeaways:

  • Due to “huge amounts of water upstream in Ontario from Lakes of the Woods and Lac Seul,” the river continues to have high flows and water levels.
  • This includes cottage subdivisions, commercial, group-use, day-use, recreational, and picnic areas, as well as playgrounds, paths, and beaches.
  • Sopka acknowledged that the situation had been tense, but she is pleased that no further damage has occurred.

As per the Manitoba government, the Winnipeg River will crest in early June.

According to the province’s flood bulletin, the river is still experiencing high flows and water levels due to “large volumes of water upstream in Ontario from Lakes of the Woods and Lac Seul.”

After the Winnipeg River crests next month, water levels will remain above normal for many weeks.

According to the Manitoba government, a flood warning for this river and the Whiteshell Lakes area are still in place. In these locations, property owners should continue to take the required safeguards.

The province warns against entering the Whiteshell Provincial Park area since numerous highways are flooded, and travel is “dangerous.”

Also read: According to the province, the storm might deliver up to 80 mm of rain

The Betula Lake region of Whiteshell Provincial Park has been ordered evacuated by Manitoba Parks. Cottage subdivisions, commercial, group-use, day-use, recreational, and picnic places, playgrounds, pathways, and beaches are examples of this. A complete list of closed lakes, boat launches, campgrounds, and roads may be found online.

Manitoba has declared 42 situations of local emergency as of Saturday. To assist communities in responding and recovering, the Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization collaborates with local governments and emergency management partners.

Manitoba Hydro also urges people to exercise caution near generating stations and rivers and lakes.

Online, you can find a complete list of Manitoba flood warnings, watches, and high water advisories.

THE WHITESHELL HAS BEEN DAMAGED

While certain areas of Whiteshell Provincial Park have been evacuated, the water level has dropped in others.

Docks litter the main boat launch at West Hawk Lake, allowing locals and cottagers to assess the damage.

Jaime Lynn Sopka was spending the weekend at her folks’ cabin in the region.

Two weeks ago, she got a call from the contractor who built her dock, telling her she needed to safeguard it with sandbags.

At first, she put 30 on the dock but had to add 100 more once the water began to destroy it.

“When I phoned him, he said you needed a hundred more since it had collapsed in. Last weekend, I added a hundred with some terrific pals, “she stated.

Sopka admitted that the situation has been tense, but she is relieved that there hasn’t been any further damage.

Next month is projected to be the crest of the Winnipeg River.
Next month is projected to be the crest of the Winnipeg River. Image from iHeartRadio

“I think it’s been stressful for everyone,” she continued, “but there are individuals in far worse situations than we are.” “People have lost entire boathouses, docks, and cabins in some areas of the Whiteshell.”

Damage to personal property in the area is also extensive.

Shaun Harbottle, a local business owner, observed the sea wall across from his store was beginning to crumble.

“It’s unfortunate,” said Crescent Beach Cottages & Motel owner Harbottle. “The wave activity actually bored a hole in the sea wall, and then the wall started to list, so there’s an eight-inch gap there now, and it’s humbling.”

The sea wall has been taped off so that no one can approach it. It’s all water below it, where a beach used to be.

Harbottle, who has lived in the area his entire life, claimed he’s never seen the lake as high as it is currently.

“From refrigerators to entire docks to ladders, we’ve seen it all. So it’s risky, but cottage owners must be present,” he explained. “They need to secure their boats and figure out their belongings.”

Source: Global News

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